walking skill-z

Ok, so maybe he still crawls half the time, but C-man has been walking up a storm over the past few weeks. So much that it's been difficult to capture his elusive walking skill-z on film. After about a million attempts to document this momentous occasion, I finally got this little blip....

Evidently he also has some soccer skill-z and I'm seeing many a Saturday morning youth soccer games in our future :) This video was taken about a week ago and things have steadily improved since then. He's even figured out how to walk on his own while sticking his finger in his belly button. It's quite impressive....

Happy Weekend everyone!


baby loves oranges?

So, ummm, our little man is currently obsessed with oranges. Normal? Weird? I can't decide but I definitely think this is leaning toward bizarre...

We have a giant box of oranges from Costco sitting on a shelf in the dining room and during mealtime he locks his eyes on it and yells "Ba!" "Ba!" and points at box and then looks at me and then back at the box. I try to play dumb sometimes and pick up something near the box and say "this?" but he looks at me like I have five heads and shouts "BA!" again and points back at the box until I say "orange? do you want an orange?" and he smiles and starts making this panting sound until I peel it and give him some. Today I moved the box to another room and he pointed toward the other room and shouted "Ba!" until I finally picked up the orange.

It's getting especially bizarre because this now happens in the middle of almost every meal, which means we have to pause the meal, peel and eat an orange and then we can continue eating our food. I end up eating most of the orange because I just break off small bite sized pieces for him, so I'm also eating a whole lotta oranges these days.

Cause for concern? Or lifelong love of citrus?


happy easter!

Whaaaaaaaat? What? There's a fuzzy bunny that hops around on Easter?? Annnnnd he gives out candy??

Evidently, no one told Connor about all this....

So we took him out to Kiawah yesterday to see the Easter bunny in person.

He was mildly impressed, but much more interested in working on his new walking skills and hanging on stage with the band.

 Grabbing Daddy's {er, mommy's?} sunglasses is always a fun game, too.

Such as handsome little man! Especially in the outfit G'ma made, which once belonged to Uncle Blair. Happy Easter, everyone! and Happy Birthday {yesterday} to G'Ma!


coming soon: toddler tee's

image from alternative apparel

I'm very happy to announce we'll soon be adding toddler sized t-shirts to the Vinyasa Mama collection. They will be printed on super soft alternative apparel shirts and will range in size from 6 months to 4T.

It will be a few weeks until I have the stock in and and am able to screenprint but they will be available on the ETSY site as soon as they are ready to go! I've also been brainstorming new designs, so look for some additional styles sometime this summer.

I'm so excited to expand into tee's - especially since my favorite model has grown out of all of his onesies :)


beach day

It was really warm here yesterday so I loaded C up in the car, slathered him in suntan lotion, packed juice, milk, snacks, two hats {just in case} extra towels, the BOB, a tent, a playmat and loads of toys and we headed out to this familiar sight...

Someone else wasn't nearly as excited...

Until we got out there and he realized toys were involved....

But he got bored quickly and made a run for it...

He ripped his silly hat off and dove right into an afternoon snack...

So I brought him back to home base and we tried hat number two...

Which he promptly rejected...

So he ate some more sand...yum!

After an hour or so we were both pooped, so we packed all the gear back up an headed for home. We left just as the bridge was opening and had to wait 10 minutes for the big boats to pass through. After a long day, someone wasn't thrilled about this...

We finally made it home and after a nap and a bath, C was a happy baby again. 

...methinks we might need our own backyard pool...!


wedding + yoga opening

One rehearsal dinner, one wedding, multiple threats of a wedding day tornado {that luckily never happened}, lots of beautiful weather, a yoga studio opening, some serious diaper rash and finally some relaxing on Sunday evening.

After a crazy weather scare {the news predicted "vicious" rain and a tornado - yikes!} the weather on Saturday turned out to be a little windy, but sunny and beautiful for the big day. The wedding was a blast with lots of dancing - I don't think the bride left the dance floor once the entire evening!

This little guy had some serious moves on the dance floor...

On Sunday we went to the opening of a new yoga studio, Charleston Community Yoga, which I'm SO, SO, SO excited about! The new studio is actually replacing the old studio where I used to teach (The Turning Leaf) and will be a great new addition to the Charleston Yoga scene. All classes are donation based, including a baby yoga class I plan to take C to sometime soon. The party was packed and C had a great time walking around and looking at himself in the big mirrors.

As for the diaper rash, I guess a great weekend always has a curve ball thrown in somewhere, right? C has never really had a bad diaper rash but this weekend made up for all that. Picture two adults changing his diaper - one to hold his flailing hands up near his head and the second to wipe, apply Desitin and re-diaper as fast as possible. Each diaper change led to a total crying meltdown because he was in so much pain and all we could do was hold him, rock with him and wait for the pain to subside. I felt so bad for the little guy but luckily he's doing much better today and it looks like it's healing quickly. Anyone out there have any great tricks for bad diaper rash?

Sunday night we ordered thai takeout {Basil, yum!} and finally stopped moving around for a few hours. Hope you all had a great weekend and stay tuned for some exciting news I'll be announcing later this week!


i've missed these cheeks

Man, a few hours away and I realize just how much I always miss this little chubby face.

For the past two nights we've been out for a rehearsal dinner and a friend's wedding while our friends very graciously babysat for Connor. It's so nice to get away for a few hours but I always find myself looking at my watch wondering how long until we can go home and see the little man. Of course he was sounds asleep by the time we got home both nights, so I had to wait until the morning when I'd find him in his crib saying "mama - mama" {how sweet is that?}. Joanna from one of my favorite blogs, Cup of Joe, wrote a post last week about motherhood and when she is away from her son she feels a constant nagging feeling as though she has left something behind. After checking her pockets for her keys and cell phone she finally realizes it's just the feeling of leaving him.

The post was so timely for me and I couldn't agree more....

Plus, I wish we could bring him to weddings and parties with us because this little babe likes to BOOGIE! I know he'd be on the dance floor shaking that little tush :)

Also, happy (belated) birthday to uncle will! xx


dog food battle

Look who won....!

I never knew dog food and a water bowl would be such a hot commodity around here.


home alone + tasty shoes + pretty flowers

Hold the phone! Shut the front door!

I am ALONE in my own house right now....that NEVER happens. Or at least it hasn't happened in over a year...ok, well maybe once {briefly} a few months ago, but it wasn't for very long and I think I was on the phone the entire time.

So what am I doing with this precious time? Well, evidently I'm writing this blog post. Priorities, priorities, I suppose. I do have a glass of wine next to me on the table and I must say it's nice to let it sit there without any fear of a little man bee-lining it over to try to grab it.

While Kyle and C are out and about (picking up a tuxedo for our first wedding of the season- he's a groomsman) I have roughly an hour to blog post and just sit and do nothing. I actually secretly kind of miss them, even though they have only been gone for about 10 minutes, but I think I'll manage.

Anyway, C and I went to the park this afternoon and while he was swinging away he also discovered he could easily reach his shoes. So, naturally he tried to chew on them and I snapped a few pics of his contorted position. Looks like he is in a yoga pose or something and I must say, I am quite impressed with his flexibility. I guess they were pretty tasty because this went on for a few minutes before I finally separated them.

On the walk home we also passed some absolutely beautiful flowers in window boxes near the battery. I snapped a few photos because the colors were just so vibrant and beautiful I couldn't resist.

Hope you all are enjoying your down time, too :)


ohdeedoh birthday shoutout

WOOOHOO!!! Connor's birthday shoutout is on Oh Dee Doh today. I submitted the info back in February so just a heads up if you want to do this for your baby, too. It's takes a looooooooong while to actually make it on the site.

Click here to check it out!


10 step program to having kids

I found this list on one of my new favorite blogs today and am crying I'm laughing so hard. My personal favorites are seven and eight, though they all ring pretty true to me. Especially since as I was posting this Connor crawled into the bathroom where I just found him splashing his toy boat around in the toilet water. I kid you not.

1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home and pick up the paper.
4. Read it for the last time.

Before you actually have children, find a couple who does and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behavior. Enjoy it because it will be the last time in life you will have all the answers.

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static {or some other equally obnoxious sound} playing loudly. Eat cold food with one hand for dinner.
2. At 10PM, put the bag down gently, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. Since you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM, make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Quietly sing songs in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work, go to work, work hard and be productive.
Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jelly onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book and/or photo album. Destroy it.
6. Pour milk all over your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.
Time allotted for this - all morning.

Forget the BMW and buy a minivan. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway all spotless and shiny. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it on the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat making sure you really take the time to shove them as far as you can down into the cracks. Sprinkle Cheerios all over the floor and proceed to smash them full force with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Go to your local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a preschool child. {A full grown goat is an excellent choice}. If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. No leashes allowed. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half of the remaining into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.
You are now ready to feed a 9-month old baby.

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying "mommy!" repeatedly. Important: no more than a four second delay between each "mommy"; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required. Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a car ride with a toddler.

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt sleeve or elbow while playing the "mommy" tape from Lesson Nine above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.


spring means clean?

I'd love to say I spring cleaned our entire house this weekend {which was my intention} but noooooope, it's just as messy as it was last week. When I say messy, it's really not THAT bad, but with a crawling-almost-walking baby moving around I like things to be somewhat clean on a daily basis. I think it makes me feel better to know the floors he's crawling on and the things he picks up are clean, which will hopefully offset the yuckyness when he shoves a handful of dog food in his mouth or shares his cheerios with Red.  

Ok, maybe that's just my own craziness...but eliminating the clutter also helps my head feel clearer and any extra clarity these days is pretty essential. Plus, every other blog I click on seems to have sort of cleaning theme going on right now, so I guess I'm really not the only nutty one out there?

Anyway, it was a pretty lovely weekend here in Charleston. The weather was beautiful, not as beach-y as I'd expected, but very springy and just lovely. Kyle was away at a Bachelor party so It was C and I flying solo all weekend. I've lost count at the number of bachelor parties he's been to in the past year or so, but it's hovering somewhere around a zillion or so. Luckily we were outside for a good part of the day on Saturday and then topped it off with a trip to Target where C got a brand new, shiny red ball...

There's a baby behind there, promise. He always plays with this giant red ball at his Gymboree class so I figured we'd get one for our house, too. Guess that doesn't do much for eliminating the clutter, huh?

Oh well, I take a happy baby instead :)

onesie winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the onesie giveaway!

I used random.org to select a winner and congratulations lucky number 7! Misty!

Misty - please email your address to me (vinyasamama@gmail.com) and I'll get that onesie right out to you!


baby in a basket

I told him the TOYS go in the new Ikea baskets, but he didn't listen....


onesie giveaway - ends THIS sunday

I extended the deadline for the onesie giveaway and it now ends THIS Sunday! The winner will be announced on Monday, so don't forget to tell all your friends and leave a comment!


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